Namibian boxer Mujandjae Kasuto will start a busy period for Namibia’s athletes at the Olympic Games when he steps into the ring on Thursday afternoon.
Kasuto will take on Zoltan Harcsa of Hungary in a second round 75kg middleweight fight after he won his first round fight last Saturday.
If Kasuto wins the fight he will progress to the quarterfinals of the middleweight category and will then only be one victory away from a medal.
The boxing tournament is taking place at ExCel, one of Europe’s largest exhibition spaces. It covers 100 000 square metres and is the largest competition venue at the Olympic Games. Five different arenas have been created here to host seven sports, namely boxing, judo, wrestling, table tennis, fencing, taekwando and weightlifting.
Namibia’s two marathon athletes Helalia Johannes and Beata Naigambo meanwhile arrived at the Olympics Athletes Village on Monday, along with their coach Tobias Hiskia.
They will both be in action in the women’s marathon which takes place on Sunday, August 5.
The marathon will start and finish at the Mall in the heart of London and will pass several famous landmarks along the way, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.
But before that, Namibia’s 400m athlete Tjipekapora Herunga will be in action in the 400m first round heats which start on Friday morning when the athletics competition gets underway at the Olympic Stadium. If Herunga makes it through to the next round she will qualify for the semifinals on Saturday evening.
Namibian shottist Gaby Ahrens will compete on Saturday morning, August 4, in the qualifying round of the Women’s Olympic Trap competition which takes place at the Royal Artillery Barracks. If Ahrens finishes amongst the top eight shottists she will qualify for the final which will take place immediately after the qualification round on Saturday.
Wrestler Sem Shilimela and mountain bike rider Marc Bassingthwaighte will only be in action the following weekend.
Shilimela will compete in the Men’s 55kg Freestyle category at ExCel on Friday morning, August 10.
Bassingthwaighte will compete in the men’s mountain bike race on Hadleigh Farm on the last day of Olympics competition, Sunday, August 12.